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Cambridge University law students face graphic ‘sex offence’ question

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  1. Staircase2 3 Jun 2013, 4:03pm

    Sounds perfectly acceptable to be asking Law Students to be considering these kinds of ethical and legal questions

  2. I expect many of them will meet with this kind of stuff in real life. Anyone know the answer to the question?

    1. Cam Law Student 3 Jun 2013, 4:32pm

      Yeah, I’m a student at Cambridge and took the Criminal law paper last year. Didn’t have anything quite as unusual as this, but the examiner who set this paper (Graham Virgo) is a bit perculiar! Nice guy though!

      Parts i and ii could incur liability under the sexual offences Act 2003. Whether or not there is liability would hinge on consent.

      Part iii is a causation/remoteness issue. Applying the various tests of causation I would expect there could be liability for constructive manslaughter. Depends very much whether you interpret the waxing as an “operating and substantial cause” of his death…

      1. theotherone 3 Jun 2013, 6:15pm

        yes i agree on 1 and 2 but i have no idea about 3 – i’m not a lawyer or law student (though linking the waxing to the death is probibly what i would argue too.)

        why is this in a gay news source?

    2. It’s looking for an essay discussing the issues, rather than a simple list of offences. But I suspect the answers are (i) sexual assault; (ii) assault by penetration (which is what rape is called when it doesn’t involve penetration by a penis); (ii) assault occasioning actual bodily harm. But there are also questions of whether any onlookers were guilting of incitement, or aiding and abetting. I expect they also want a discussion of the issues of consent, and in particular whether it’s possible to consent to (iii) (in English law you cannot consent to grevious bodily harm), and whether in (i) the sex of Johnny is relevant . They probably also want a discussion on whether a charge of manslaughter is possible in (iii).

  3. in my A level Chemistry paper in 1986 we had to show how cocaine could be extracted ,refined and tested for purity !…i passed !

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever been confronted by a racy exam question. I feel deprived! :-(

  5. Stephen Sottile 3 Jun 2013, 5:55pm

    The questions have some nuance to them and require some careful thought to answer them thoroughly. I would love to read some of the answers.

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